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Single coil noise reduction procedure?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by D.Don, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Hi,

    I have done my search here, but still not really found anything convincing.

    Anyone have experience of what to do to reduce the noise/hum from a single coil pup?


  2. maurilio

    maurilio Guest

    May 25, 2003
  3. Cheers!

    Good thing is, when you now search for:

    single coil noise

    This threads comes up on top and lead you to that other thread there ...


  4. staindbass


    Jun 9, 2008
    superior shielding with copper foil, well overlapped and soldered. the conductive paint they use nowadays in the guitar cavaties doesnt cut it. johnny a
  5. Suresh


    Apr 15, 2007
    is it better than copper based shielding?
    what about aluminium foil?
    Any hints where to buy?
  6. BadB


    May 25, 2005
    Aluminum foil is a poor conductor. It's best to use copper.
  7. 4Mal

    4Mal Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    Stew-Mac is one source for Copper Foil Shielding Tape.
  8. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I can't get over how quiet my Jay Turser JTB-401 is. At the GTG I was wowing everyone who paid attention. Yes, there is the signature 60 cycle hum but it is so quiet even at loud amp volume in my basement full of compact fluorescent bulbs.
  9. ReidK

    ReidK Jst sy n t lsy cmprsn.

    Aluminum is a good conductor, actually. It does not conduct as well as copper, but at least one TBer with a degree in physics says that doesn't matter in this context: Click here to see the previous thread.

  10. staindbass


    Jun 9, 2008
    hi robert , you mean the paint? no it doesnt work as good as the copper. but its easier to apply. if you are going to do it, figure out the shape of the pieces using paper to fit in the cavity. make sure to leave overlap to solder. once you have it nice, take the paper pieces out and trace them on the copper . dont forget the the control cavity cover if you have one. johnny a
  11. mellowgerman

    mellowgerman Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2008
    Orlando, FL
    you could try the electro harmonix humdebugger pedal.
    i bought one recently for my dark starred bass and it does wonders. as i understand it, it identifies your hum and creates the opposite/negative frequencies so it cancels out. it has a normal and strong setting. the strong setting is fairly useless as it effects the actual tone of your bass far too much, but the normal setting gets rid of a lot of hum, at minor tone expense(which is worth it in my opinion).
  12. So whats the deal between alu/copper, some say alu is the best and some say copper, what are the actual facts here?

  13. idoru


    Dec 18, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    Aluminium foil is a pain to solder, while copper is easy but costs more. I use aluminium foil for the back of pickguards.

  14. Oki, but in terms of their ability to isolate and shield?

  15. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    An aside but related question: When you use shielding, is it really that important to not leave a single crack where the hum can get in/out? Or does close count? Just how meticulous do I have to be?
  16. fretlessman71

    fretlessman71 Still beats havin' a job Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2005
    FoCo, NoCo
    Bumping this thread. A few unanswered questions...